Disability & Access Center

DISABILITY LINKS

MTSU is an equal opportunity, nonracially identifiable, educational institution that does not discriminate against individuals with disabilities.

There are many resources available to faculty, staff, and students. Information of particular interest:

American with Disabilities Act
MTSU ADA Compliance
MTSU ADA Campus Map
Permanently Disabled Discount Rules & Procedures



ACCESSING PDF DOCUMENTS WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

A screen reader user's guide to accessing PDF documents with assistive technology.

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ADD/ADHD

ADDA: Attention Deficit Disorder Association
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) is designated as a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service. This international organization has been in existence since 1989. The mission of ADDA is to provide information, resources and networking to adults with ADD/ADHD and to the professionals who work with them.

ADDvance
You may be a parent searching for information to help your child, an adult experiencing problems at work, a high school or college student struggling to keep up, a young adult trying to take charge of your own life, a woman whose daily life feels overwhelming, or a professional looking for information to help your clients with ADD/ADHD. Whoever you are, whatever your questions, we are here to assist you in finding the answers you're looking for.

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ASPERGERS SYNDROME

OASIS @ MAAP
Asperger Syndrome Information and Support (OASIS) center has joined with MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome to create a single resource for families, individuals, and medical professionals who deal with the challenge of Asperger Syndrome, Autism, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Not Otherwise Specified (PDD/NOS).

Autism Society of America
The mission of the Autism Society of America is to promote lifelong access and opportunities for persons within the autism spectrum and their families to be fully included, participating members of their communities through advocacy, public awareness, education, and research related to autism.

Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
This site provides information about clinical and research services at the Developmental Disabilities Section at the Yale Child Study Center, as well as publications on autism, Asperger Syndrome, and related disorders; lists of resources organized by state; and links with many clinical and research groups, as well as parent support or organizations and advocacy agencies.

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CAREERS

ACT: Resources for Education and Workplace Success
ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.

America's Job Bank
America's Job Bank can help find the job that's right for you. Thousands of new jobs are posted daily by employers searching for someone like you.

Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
Providing consulting in information technology and creating employment opportunities for all people with abilities.

Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)
COSD is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well - known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities. COSD is funded through a grant provided by the U. S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Career Connection Blog
Disability.gov's blog regarding careers for people with disabilities.

Disability Resources on the Internet: Career Center
Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. We disseminate information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines and on-line services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently.

Disaboom
Disaboom is an interactive online community for those with disabilities and their caregivers, friends, families, organizations, medical providers and others.

Entry Point!
Entry Point!, a program of the American Association for the Advancment of Science (AAAS) offers outstanding summer internships and semester co-ops in major companies throughout the United States. Entry Point! is available to students with disabilities majoring in science, engineering, mathematics, and some business fields.

Exploring Career Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics-2006-07 Edition
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the Federal Government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. This site offers information for students looking to pursue various careers.

GettingHired.com
GettingHired is a national employment and social networking portal that uniquely connects job seekers with disabilities with employers committed to hiring them. Many career building tools are available including Career Compatibility Assessments, Cover Letter and Resume Building Tools, Video Interviewing Training, and more.

IBM's Diversity Recruitment Programs
Think core values. Look for a company that believes workforce diversity is a major contributor to success. IBM has been the leader in corporate workforce diversity since its founding. Did you know that we employ specialists dedicated to recruiting women, minorities and people with disabilities?

Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, has published "Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women with Disabilities," a publication offering personal stories, strategies, research, and resources to enhance employment options for girls and women with disabilities.

Job Accommodation Network
A free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and educating callers about self-employment options.

JobEnable.Com
The goal of JobEnable.com is to enhance the opportunities for people with disabilities to find employment by providing a vehicle where they can showcase their qualifications and talents to an audience of prospective employers. On JobEnable.com, job seekers can post their resumes and search the database for available positions. Employers are able to post jobs and search resumes, recruiting qualified candidates who are the best fit for their organization.

Lightning JobSource
Lightning JobSource is the online recruiting program used by the MTSU Career Development Center to coordinate student employment opportunities (on and off campus), internships, and entry level career positions. After creating an account, students can check job postings, upload a resume to resume books, check the calendar of events, and access InterviewStream, a web-cam recorded mock interview program.

Major to Career Converter
Find a listing of career opportunities reflective of your academic major, interests, values, personal style and skills. Some career opportunities will require advanced study.

Monster.com Diversity and Inclusion

National Business and Disability Council's Resume Database
Graduating students, new and old persons with disabilities who hold postsecondary degrees are invited to register their resumes with the NBDC. There is no charge to list your resume.

National Technical Assistance Centers on Workforce and Disability
The National Center on Workforce and Disability for Adults (NCWD-Adult) is a comprehensive technical assistance resource that can assist organizations and professionals who provide workforce development and employment related services to adults with disabilities. The NCWD-Adult provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system. The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Y) is a comprehensive technical assistance resource to assist the workforce development community to address issues affecting the employment of youth with disabilities. The NCWD-Y includes partners with expertise in disability, education, employment and workforce development issues. The Collaborative strives to ensure that youth with disabilities are provide full access to high quality services in integrated settings that maximize employment and independent living opportunities.

O*NET Online
The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this freely available database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, the interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers.

Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) created this resource page with employers in mind. Here you will find a wealth of resources, articles and links to help you source, recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities, a pool of talent too often overlooked by employers.

Target Jobs
Graduate career advice and jobs.

The 411 on Your Job Rights
This new fact sheet from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains to teens and young people their employment rights. The fact sheet is also available in Spanish.

The Work Site - Employment Support for People with Disabilities (Social Security Online)
The Work Site strives to promote the employment of Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities by designing policies that make work pay, promoting research and program innovation, educating the public about programs and services that facilitate entry into the workforce, and partnering with other public and private groups to remove employment barriers for people with disabilities.

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities
The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource to connect public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.

U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace: Why, When, What, and How
This fact sheet provides guidance and explore issues related to disclosing one's disability to an employer.

Virtual Career Center
The Virtual Career Center provides students access to online career resources available through the Career Development Center as well as selective links from other external resources.

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DEFINITIONS OF LD EXPLAINED

There are a number of definitions of learning disabilities used in the US and in other countries. Bridges to Practice chose the definition of the National Joint Commission on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD) in its 1994 revision. That definition is presented below in an annotated format to help you interpret its meaning as applied to adults.

Learning Disabilities Defined Application to Adults
Learning disabilities is a general term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders There is neither one type of learning disability nor one profile for adults with learning disabilities. There are many different patterns of difficulties. For example, one adult may have a serious reading disability, while another may be able to read adequately, but not be able to communicate thoughts in writing.
in the acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities, Learning disabilities are specific in nature. Learning problems encompass one or more ability areas; e.g., reading or math, but do not necessarily include all ability areas. They do not represent simply a delay in development.
presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction, Although most adults with learning disabilities will not have a medical diagnosis of neurological disorder, the assumption is that there is some sort of difference or difficulty in how the brain works. Current research is shedding greater light on this area.
and may occur across the life span. Learning disabilities may be uncovered at different stages of a person's life, depending on many factors. Some factors include severity of the disorder; academic, vocational, and social setting demands; and educators' knowledge of learning disabilities. The symptoms change over time so that a learning disability in a 7-year-old child looks different from one in an adult.
Problems in self-regulatory behaviors, social perception, and social interaction may exist with learning disabilities, Some adults will have difficulty in self-control, perceiving social situations appropriately, and getting along with other people.
but do not by themselves constitute a learning disability. The problems described in self-regulation, social perception, and interaction, although often present in adults with learning disabilities, also occur in persons with other disabilities, as well. There are many reasons for these types of problems other than underlying learning disabilities.
Although learning disabilities may occur concomitantly with other handicapping conditions (for example, sensory impairment, mental retardation, serious emotional disturbance), A learning disability may be present with other disorders, but these conditions are not the cause of the learning disability. For example, an adult may have a hearing loss along with a learning disability, but the hearing loss is not causing the learning disability. Also, learning disabilities are not related to low intelligence. In fact, most people with learning disabilities are average or above average in intelligence, but the impact of the disability may impair their ability to function well in school, at home, or in the workplace.
or with extrinsic influences (such as cultural differences, insufficient or inappropriate instruction). Although learning disabilities are not the result of inadequate schooling or opportunity to learn, they are often exacerbated by these factors. For example, individuals with learning disabilities frequently have fewer opportunities to learn in their area of disability; they tend to be challenged less by their area of disability; they tend to be challenged less by their teachers and parents. Therefore, by the time individuals with learning disabilities become adults, they are further behind than the learning disability would predict.

How are learning disabilities related to dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a common form of LD. There are several kinds of learning disabilities, defined here by the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Click below to find out more.

Kinds of Learning Disabilities:

Reading Disability/Dyslexia Information Processing Disorders
Math Disability/Dyscalculia Motor Planning/Sensory Disorder/Dyspraxia
Writing Disability/Dysgraphia Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Aspergers Syndrome/Non-Verbal LD Information Processing

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MTSU MILITARY CENTER
The purpose of the MTSU Military Center is to provide a comprehensive support structure to serve veteran/military students attending MTSU. This includes providing services and programs to ensure a positive and successful academic experience. Visit www.mtsu.edu/military for more information.

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READING STRATEGIES

Just Read Now
Just Read Now offers an "up close" look at a range of innovative and effective reading strategies, along with actual classroom examples and associated lesson plans. The Just Read Now strategies can be applied across academic disciplines and learner levels.

Reading Strategies: Reading Efficiently by Reading Intelligently
Good reading strategies help you to read in a very efficient way. Using them, you aim to get the maximum benefit from your reading with the minimum effort. This section will show you how to use six (6) different strategies to read intelligently.

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TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Brain Injury Association of America
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with its network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 5.3 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

BIA of Tennessee
The primary mission of BIAT is to provide ongoing information, support and referral services to survivors of traumatic brain injury, their families and the public. The membership is comprised of people with brain injuries, their families and friends, and service providers who are working together to provide education, advocacy and support for those affected by brain injury.

Project BRAIN
A resource and training network for educators, families, and health professionals who support students in Tennessee with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Project BRAIN is part of the Tennessee Disability Coalition.

TN Department of Health TBI Program
The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Program was established by the Tennessee General Assembly to address the needs of those individuals who have sustained a brain injury, as well as their family members and primary caregivers.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brian Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with TBI through state of the art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives, and educational programs.

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MTSU Disabled Student Services gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Office of Disability Services at James Madison University in the development of this web site.